Blog Posts by Jordana Divon

  • ‘Big gay rainbow’ speech by New Zealand MP Maurice Williamson goes viral

    Same sex marriage has a huge, witty, articulate supporter in the form Maurice Williamson.

    The New Zealand MP delivered a sharp, crowd-pleasing speech in front of parliament yesterday in support of the country’s recently passed Marriage Amendment bill.

    New Zealand recently became the first Asia-Pacific nation to extend all the legal rights of state-recognized matrimony to two people who love each other and also happen to share the same gender.

    [ Related: Cheers, applause as New Zealand legalizes same-sex marriage ]

    Williamson tackled some of the more extreme reactions of the anti-gay marriage movement and highlighted the ridiculousness of their arguments.

    “I’ve had a reverend in my local electorate call and say the ‘gay onslaught’ will start the day after this bill is passed,” he began.

    “We are really struggling to know what the gay onslaught will look like,” Willamson continued. “We don’t know if it will come down the Packuranga Highway as a series of troops or whether it will be a

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  • Kitten’s rescue prompts Melbourne officials to stop tunnel traffic

    There are many good reasons to stop traffic and cause a backlog of cars, but few as good as rescuing a small kitten from a hideous fate involving tires, tar and four-wheel drive.

    This heart-stopping scenario actually took place last week in Melbourne, Australia. Somehow, a sweet ginger kitten ended up dodging traffic in Melbourne’s busy Burnley Tunnel.

    Surveillance video shows the kitten mewling in terror on the side of the road as cars whiz by. The Herald Sun notes that drivers also witnessed the fortunate feline dodging through fast-moving vehicles in an attempt to move to safer ground. Safer ground, of course, being a relative concept when you’re a kitten trapped in a tunnel full of speeding cars.

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    Authorities received a call from a concerned commuter before 7 p.m. but tunnel cameras picked up nothing at the time.

    It wasn’t until 11:30 p.m. that a driver pulled over to rescue the cat. The poor little guy

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  • Hawaiian ‘Frog Whisperer’ keeps menacing coqui frog population under control

    Toronto has its raccoons, New York its rats, and in Hawaii, where lush greenery and scenic landscapes make this collection of Pacific islands a virtual paradise, locals have to contend with the oversized menace of the teeny weeny coqui frog.

    Coquis are indescribably adorable, coin-sized amphibians that originally come from the jungles of Puerto Rico.

    Like many a miniature stowaway throughout history, coquis have been hitching free rides to Hawaii on cargo ships since the 1980s.

    And like many a species that finds itself in pretty sweet new accommodations, the little guys began to multiply with the force of a million bunny rabbits.

    The trouble, according to sleep-deprived locals, stems from this active mating schedule. More specifically, the coqui mating call can boom up to 90 decibels and goes on for hours and hours and hours after dark.

    [ Related: Namaqua rain frog will squeak you to death ]

    While this stamina may seem impressive in any other context, try telling that to an entire

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  • British man has wallet returned after 35 years

    Thanks to Edgar Allan Poe, that dark prince of American letters, high school students across the country have visualized what it would be like to have someone bury you alive behind a wall, brick by brick, like the unfortunate sod in The Cask of Amontillado.

    Poe’s story of calculated revenge, an English class staple, has made drywall the prime suspects in many a crime caper since its 1846 publication.

    Now, walls can add property theft to their long list of crimes against humanity.

    As the Sun reports, Richard Lane lost his brown leather wallet back in 1978 after a squash game at a local community centre.

    [ Related: Man wants $500 reimbursed after his dog ate the cash ]

    The British man suspected that his wallet, which contained around £15 ($23CAD), his driver’s licence, gym and union membership cards and a payment plan for a television set, had been stolen.

    He would be right. He just had no idea that the culprit was an inanimate object used to support roofs and ceilings: the perfect

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  • CBC’s Rick Mercer in no hurry to perform rants from inside Parliament: A Yahoo! Exclusive

    CBC host Rick Mercer isn't interested in diving into politics ... Yet.
    He’s been called the Jon Stewart of the North, but to reduce Rick Mercer to facile comparisons would diminish the unique impact he’s has had on Canada’s comedic and political landscape. As the tenth season of his hit CBC show, the Rick Mercer Report, wraps up, one of the country’s funniest and wisest satirists talks rants, raves and his own political ambitions (hint: don’t hold your breath.)

    Y! Canada: You just wrapped up your 10th season of the Rick Mercer Report by announcing the winner of the Spread the Net challenge, where students across Canada competed to raise money to buy mosquito nets for children in Africa. What got you involved in this particular cause?

    Mercer: In 2006 I went to Africa with Belinda Stronach. We visited a community that suffered from poverty issues, but at the same time there was an economy and there was corn growing in the field, there were children running around, there was a small school. Then we went a couple of hundred miles down the road and we

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  • UK girl survives on instant noodle-only diet for 11 years

    Since a bout with severe food poisoning when she was eight, the 18-year-old student has refused to eat anything but instant noodles.Were you a picky eater as a child? Your parents jumped through culinary hoops to try and get you to eat just one vegetable or finish the chicken on your plate even though some of it was touching a few grains of rice and in the Picky Eater Handbook that is instant grounds for complete plate dismissal.

    If you are the current parent of a picky eater, may the force be with you.

    Young picky eaters often grow up to be fully functioning adults, albeit some with long established food neuroses.

    [ Related: Cafeteria workers punish kids who owed lunch money by dumping meals ]

    But Georgi Readman’s case is a little more serious than that. Since a bout with severe food poisoning when she was eight, the 18-year-old Isle of Wight student has refused to eat anything but instant noodles. Thirty miles of instant noodles each year.

    Readman reaches that tally by consuming nine packets of chicken-flavoured noodles per week.

    "I always fancy noodles and could easily eat two packets at once. I've even eaten

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  • Stuck eel removed from drunk Chinese man's gut by doctors

    A doctor in China recently treated a patient who ruptured his colon… by sticking an eel up his butt.Doctors have to tread a fine line when it comes to blogging about their strangest, craziest or most impressive cases.

    On the one hand, there’s definite public interest in unusual medical maladies.

    On the other hand, this activity raises enormous ethical concerns about doctor-patient confidentiality.

    But on the other other hand (that’s the third hand for those keeping count), don’t people already know better than to stick live creatures into their orifices?

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    It’s not like there aren’t myriad examples of these emergency room horrors.

    And yet one doctor in China, who just couldn’t help herself from detailing it on her blog, recently treated a patient who ruptured his colon… by sticking an eel up his butt.

    Now that you’ve started to process that sequence of horrifying images, let’s get into even more detail.

    According to Rocket News 24, the 39-year-old man had a little too much to drink and decided it would be a great time

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  • Woman robs bank with cans of spaghetti sauce

    Uh-oh! SpaghettiOs” has never taken on a more significant resonance since this weekend in Detroit. That’s when a 60-year-old woman pulled of a successful bank heist with little more than a few cans of marinara sauce.

    As the Detroit Free Press reports, the woman entered the Fifth Third Bank on Saturday morning, placed a cloth bag on the counter and demanded that the teller empty the coffers or she’d blow the building to bits with the “bomb” inside the bag.

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    A taste-bomb of delicious Ragu.

    “It did look like there was a hard object in there,” Clinton Township Lt. Eric Reincke told the paper. “But it was folded over so you couldn’t see what was inside.”

    “It turned out that it was a couple of cans of spaghetti sauce inside the bag,” he added.

    But no one knew that at the time. They just new a strange person had held up a bank and that bank tellers are trained to cooperate with potential threats and not play

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  • Flight diverted after family starts argument with crew over in-flight movie

    Two passengers traveling with their four-year-old and eight-year-old children were so incensed by the in-flight entertainment choice that they started an argument with the crew.Tyler Perry may be happy to learn that his portrayal of Alex Cross in the eponymous 2012 thriller was so convincing that it managed to divert a United Airlines flight from Denver to Baltimore.

    As QMI Agency notes, two passengers traveling with their four-year-old and eight-year-old children were so incensed by the in-flight entertainment choice that they started an argument with the crew. That argument ended up with the pilot exiting the cabin to calm the embers of parental rage and the flight subsequently making an emergency landing in Chicago for “security reasons.”

    And yes, FBI agents were called in, because, you know, serious threat to national security.

    [ Related: Arizona-bound dog ends up on flight to Ireland ]

    Back on the plane, the parents had complained of the violent and “sexually explicit” nature of the film that had been playing on the fold-down screens at the front of the cabin, arguing that their children’s eyes needed to be shielded from such debauchery.

    They demanded

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  • Ducks make their home in $100,000 hotel penthouse

    Have you ever stayed at a fancy hotel and thought to yourself, “This hotel is great, but what it could really use is a formal procession of mallard ducks marching up a tiny staircase into a lobby fountain?”

    Of course you have. Who doesn’t think this literally every single time they stay at a hotel?

    The problem is that most proprietors don’t act on this service-industry essential.

    Except for the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn. They get it.

    Every day for the past 80 years, five lucky ducks exit their $100,000 hotel penthouse at 11 a.m. and make their way down to the Peabody lobby in their private elevator.

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    As Oddity Central notes, that’s when the real show begins. Once those elevator doors open, the ducks – four hens and one drake – line up on a red carpet behind their trainer, a person appropriately named the Duckmaster.

    As the opening strains of John Philip Souza’s King Cotton March start to play, the well-trained birds begin

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